In the early days of training camp, Jerry Jones and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys were thrilled to be able to bring in then-free agent running back Alfred Morris.
Of course, at the time Dallas was dealing with a holdout from Ezekiel Elliott (who has since signed a long-term contract extension) and needed a veteran presence to go with young running backs Tony Pollard, Mike Weber, and Jordan Chunn.
Fast forward a month and a half and almost 24 hours away from the regular season beginning. With Elliott back in tow, the Cowboys had to make room for him on their 53-man roster and one of the runners was going to be the odd man out. We found out on Saturday morning that it’s Alfred Morris.
Cowboys added Ezekiel Elliott to the 53-man roster on Saturday in time to play against the New York Giants on Sunday and to make room for him released Alfred Morris, per @toddarcher.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 7, 2019
This most recent venture was Morris’ second with the Cowboys as he initially signed with the team just about a month before they drafted Elliott back in 2016. He’s a good guy by every measure and someone who’s a pleasure to be around, the unfortunate reality of the NFL is that sometimes you just have to move on from one guy or another due to the business of it all.
Morris’ release gives the Cowboys three running backs on their roster: Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, and Jordan Chunn (plus fullback Jamize Olawale). Dallas likes what Chunn offers on special teams which clears up Zeke and Pollard for full offensive work.
All the best to Alfred Morris. Here’s hoping he finds success in whatever is next for him.